Prof. Ernst Wit and Prof. Olaf Schenk are serving as Master Directors for the Master of Science degree in Computational Science (MCS) which is offered by the Faculty of Informatics at the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI). It offers students the opportunity to acquire an in-depth understanding and set of skills in computing, numerical simulation, statistics, and data science. It provides an innovative combination of methodological and applied competencies in both computing and data science, which endow students with the knowledge and skills that are needed to operate at the forefront of science and industry.

Double Degree Programs

The Master in Computational Science offers students the opportunity to undertake a double degree programme, in partnership with:

  • FAU (Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen-Nürnberg)
  • LUT (Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology in Lappeenranta in Finland)
  • POLIMI (Politecnico di Milano)
  • SU (Sorbonne University)
  • UNIBO (Università di Bologna)

The double degree Master in Computational Science offers the opportunity for students to attend courses at two universities, get to know two cities, and maximize their educational development through cutting edge course offerings, collaborations with a wide array of leading professors, researchers and distinguished guests, and living experiences across different countries and contexts.

MCS double degree graduates are well prepared and highly sought after for careers in industry and research. Simulation and data science-based approaches are quickly becoming the pillars of development in new materials, drug design, surgical procedures, engineering research, climatology, risk management, finance, and many others. MCS graduates will be well prepared for careers across these and many other domains in which data science, high-performance computing and mathematical modelling are central.

Note: Master in Computational Science students enrolled at FAU, LUT, POLIMI, SU, and UNIBO can study at USI without paying additional fees and vice versa.

Further information on the destinations can be found below and at the double degree FAQ page.

FAU (Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen-Nürnberg)

Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) located in Erlangen-Nurberg is known as one of the preeminent centres of excellence for computer science in Germany and it is the second-largest university in Bavaria with its 39000 students. FAU is a preeminent centre of computer science in Germany and Europe as a whole: its computational engineering master programme is one of the most well established, and well known of its kind and the university is a centre of excellence in Germany for applied high-performance computing.

Furthermore, double degree students will benefit from the specialized focus of the computational engineering group, with advanced specializations in mechatronics, computational optics, information technology, thermo- and fluid-dynamics, mechanics and dynamics, computational materials science, and medical imaging. The more application-oriented program at FAU will be well complemented by the highly rigorous mathematical, methodological, and algorithmic training which is the focus at USI. Indeed, this double degree provides students with a unique opportunity to build a very robust capacity in both applied and methodological skillsets.

The Master in Computational Science, located in Lugano, at USI (Università della Svizzera italiana) has a unique educational programme design, focused on developing advanced capabilities in data-driven simulation methods, with applications and specializations across a variety of sub-disciplines of computing.

LUT (Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology in Lappeenranta in Finland)
POLIMI (Politecnico di Milano)
SU (Sorbonne University)
UNIBO (Università di Bologna)